With each forceful kick, male soccer players risk strains where they’d probably least like them—the inner thigh. In fact, groin strains rank among the most common injuries on the pitch.
Good news, guys: You can protect this area before trouble strikes. Use the TheraBand CLX to build what’s called eccentric strength—muscles that remain powerful when lengthened. The more eccentric hip strength you have, the more safely you can slow down, stop, and change directions mid-kick.
Danish researchers recently assigned soccer players to either a hip-strengthening or control group. After eight weeks, both groups improved their strength. However, the men who did the eccentric moves saw 13 percent greater gains.
Add that to an earlier study showing fewer groin strains in hockey players after a strengthening program. The result—an insurance policy against inner-thigh injury. For best results, add these exercises into your practice routine two to three times per week.
Goals: Increase strength, Prevent groin and hip injury
Activity: Cutting, Jumping, Kicking, Landing, Running